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Today we pay tribute to the brave men who fought and fell in the service of their country, especially our own kin who answered the call to fight near and far from home. It is important to take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by these men, thanks to which the short-term memories of the day give only to living veterans. But a veteran is a veteran regardless of whether he be living or dead, and so we cherish the memories of those who have gone on to meet their Maker regardless of the time in which they warred. From the American War for Independence to the present day, we should be mindful of those who have lifted the saber and rifle and, where appropriate, memorialise them. Our Southern heroes should especially be reverenced, as the tokens of esteem to them are rapidly being toppled by the cultural Marxists of today. The charges leveled against them are easily refuted, however. As Shane Anderson writes over at the Abbeville Blog:
Now much of what was said by these men when it comes to the purpose of these monuments should be obvious on the face of it, so much so as to not require explanation or defense, and in more rational times such a defense would not be necessary. Sometimes a spade is just a spade. Memorials are of course erected in memory of a person or event. They are built of stone or metal so they will stand the test of time and outlast those who created them, so that future generations, the posterity that several of these speakers mention, will also remember. The reason for the existence of the monument is generally inscribed on the surface somewhere so that it is not a mystery to the viewer.
Have a happy and reflective Memorial Day, y’all!